When you take the Centering for Wisdom™ Assessment your individual results are displayed in this kite graph. You’ll see your average scores in each of four categories. You can think of this graph as a visual way to represent the field of your awareness, and the four categories are different kinds of thoughts that float down the stream of your conscious awareness.
At the most basic level, the little boats that float down the river can be divided into two broad categories: thoughts and feelings. For this video we’re going to explore the thoughts, or what I call Judging Mind.
If you’re practicing Centering Meditation or mindfulness you already know that your judging mind is always at work. It’s constantly categorizing things, experiences, and people, as good or bad, worse or better. On one level, this can be a good thing – we have to make judgments in order to live our daily lives and to be successful in the world. Your Judging Mind only becomes a problem when you get hooked into comparing yourself as better or worse than others. Once you add that layer of judgment upon your experience, you start to create a sense of separateness and division between yourself and others – this leads to suffering and to poor decision-making that can undercut your effectiveness at work and your sense of satisfaction in relationships.
Your Judging mind likes to think in polarities. In other words, your Judging Mind can pull you away from you center of wisdom in two opposite directions. These are called pride and shame on the X-Axis. If you tend to judge yourself as better than others, you will see a higher average score of pride. And if you tend to judge yourself harshly as worse than others, this will result in higher average scores in shame.
It’s important to remember to be gentle with yourself when interpreting your results. Words like pride and shame can bring up strong reactions in us. This is where I want to restate that the Centering for Wisdom™ Assessment is a tool for spiritual growth and leadership development through greater self-awareness.
Here it may be helpful to think about the difference between your reactive, Judging Mind, and what we might call “essential knowing.” (I’ll dive more into this in the video on “Deep Consciousness.”) Essential knowing “exercises discernment, notes differences, and makes decisions about what to do; by contrast, ego-based judgment (the Judging Mind) always carries a certain negative emotional charge. Its primary function is not to discern but to create distance (or a boundary)” (cited from Riso and Hudson, The Wisdom of the Enneagram).
You can even come back to this affirmation, which is available at centeringforwisdom.com and in our free E-Book, and use it like a mantra:
All persons are of equal dignity, value, and inherent worth. I am neither better than, nor worse than, any other person.
These practices are truly not all that difficult – the challenge is learning to recognize your reactions in the moment, to pause, then to come back to center, and only to make important decisions when you’re in that centered space.
You won’t do this perfectly, because you’re human like the rest of us. But keep practicing Centering for Wisdom – it’s all about deepening your happiness, enriching the lives of others, and the common good of your community! Please take a minute to follow our channel, and get your free E-Book and bonus gift at CenteringForWisdom.com. Peace, and thanks again for reading!